In ‘1951 America’ terrorism was homegrown. There were no battles fought on American soil. Yet there were twelve bombings targeting black Americans, Catholics, and Jews in “Jim Crow” Florida. And one of those bombs was, symbolically, heard around the world.
This book explores the events leading up to the Moore assassinations and follows long after, with extensive investigations by the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Justice. Harry T. Moore and his wife, Harriette, were murdered on Christmas night, in 1951, by racist terrorists. The Moore assassinations became an international referendum on America, its law enforcement, its politics, its value, and its administrations.
This journey through Harry and Harriette Moore’s lives and deaths is a road trip through the history of America over many decades. With many unjustified killings of blacks in America today, the racial divide has widened, exponentially. Racial injustices of yesteryear relate directly to today’s current events. Ironically, decades after the assassinations of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore, a Republican Attorney General named Charlie Crist, would take on this criminal case in an attempt to solve the Moore assassinations once and for all. He faced enormous political pressures yet stayed the course. While this is a story from history, it is also a story for today.